Chiang Khan District

Chiang Khan (Thai: เชียงคาน, pronounced [t͡ɕʰīa̯ŋ kʰāːn]) is a district (amphoe) in the northern part of Loei Province, northeastern Thailand.

Chiang Khan

Kaeng Khut Khu, beach along the Mekong River
Kaeng Khut Khu, beach along the Mekong River
Coordinates: 17°53′53″N 101°39′59″E / 17.89806°N 101.66639°E / 17.89806; 101.66639Coordinates: 17°53′53″N 101°39′59″E / 17.89806°N 101.66639°E / 17.89806; 101.66639
SeatChiang Khan
 • Total867.0 km2 (334.8 sq mi)
 • Total59,016
 • Density68.1/km2 (176/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code42110


Neighbouring districts are (from the east clockwise): Pak Chom, Mueang Loei, and Tha Li of Loei Province. To the northwest are the Xaignabouli and Vientiane Provinces of Laos.

The important water resources are the Mekong, Hueang, and Loei Rivers.


Chiang Khan was founded in the late-19th century when Lao villagers crossed the Mekong after the French colonised Laos. More migrants later arrived from Vietnam and China. Chiang Khan became a trading hub largely due to its location on the river. People on both sides of the rivers exchanged goods, culture, and language. Trading stopped in 1975 when the communist Pathet Lao seized power from the Lao government and cut economic ties to Thailand. Chiang Khan languished until rediscovered in the early-21st century.[1]


The district is divided into eight sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 78 villages (mubans). There are two townships (thesaban tambons), Chiang Khan and Khao Kaeo, each covering parts of tambons of the same names. There are a further seven tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Chiang Khan เชียงคาน 6 10,245
2. That ธาตุ 15 9,523
3. Na Sao นาซ่าว 15 11,453
4. Khao Kaeo เขาแก้ว 13 7,596
5. Pak Tom ปากตม 7 5,967
6. Bu Hom บุฮม 10 7,528
7. Chom Si จอมศรี 7 4,301
8. Hat Sai Khao หาดทรายขาว 5 2,403


Fishing the Mekong River was formerly Chiang Khan's biggest earner. Some 650,000 persons, Thai and foreign, visit the village every year.[1]

Popular cultureEdit

Chiang Khan was used as the main setting for the 2014 romantic comedy Chiang Khan Love Story (Tookae Ruk Pang Mak), directed by Yuthlert Sippapak. It was the seventh highest-grossing film in Thailand in 2014.[2]

Chiang Khan was referenced in 2018–19 TV drama's Channel 7 HD Nai Keun Nao Sang Dao Yung Oun as a backdrop for the story.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wangkiat, Paritta (24 July 2016). "Caught up in a tourist trap". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. ^ "20 อันดับหนังไทยทำเงินประจำปี 2557".
  3. ^ "นักแสดงในคืนหนาว แสงดาวยังอุ่น เผยถึงปมปริศนาในละคร และการไปถ่ายทำที่เชียงคาน : สนามข่าวบันเทิง" [actors and actresses of Nai Keun Nao Sang Dao Yung Oun revealing mystery knot of drama and filming at Chiang Khan]. Channel 7 HD (in Thai). 12 December 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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